Haiku in Four Volumes

By: Blyth, R.H.

Price: $900.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near fine


12mo (18.5 cm), pp. Volume 1: [6], i-xviii, 422, plus frontispiece and 26 plates; Volume 2: [6], i-iv, [vii], 382, plus frontispiece and six plates; Volume 3: [6], i-xv, [xvi], 443, plus frontispiece and 12 plates; Volume 4: [4], i-xli, [xlii-xlvi], 396, plus frontispiece and 17 plates. Volumes 1 ("Eastern Culture"), 2 ("Spring") and 4 ("Autumn - Winter") are all first editions. Volume 3 ("Summer - Autumn") is a second printing. Brown buckram boards with black debossed titling and designs. Illustrated endpapers. Plates are of color and black and white traditional Japanese paintings, with tissue protectors bearing related haiku. Each volume with import sticker from Charles E. Tuttle, Co. Volume 4 with fold-out timeline comparing English and Japanese literatures. Illustrated jackets show minor chipping, edge wear and toning. A beautiful set of these important classics. English-born Reginald Horace Blyth spent most of his life in Korea and Japan, including an internment during World War II. He taught at various universities, studied Zen Buddhism under master Hanayama Taigi, and was intoduced to haiku through the writings of and friendship with D.T. Suzuki. In turn, this four-volume set was hugely influential in introducing Western writers to both traditions, including the Beat poets, J.D. Salinger, e.e. cummings and Roland Barthes. (Wikipedia) "Reading the four Blyth volumes gave me my first clear sense of the marvelous power of haiku. ... I lived with Blyth’s translations for a long time, and began to be able to see our North American landscapes in the light of haiku sensibility." --Gary Snyder, Modern Haiku, Summer 2005. Dust jacket present.

Title: Haiku in Four Volumes

Author Name: Blyth, R.H.

Categories: Poetry,

Publisher: Tokyo, Japan, Hokuseido: 1949-1952

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near fine

Jacket Condition: Very good

Seller ID: 27153